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Fracture (2007)

R | | Crime, Drama | 20 April 2007 (USA)
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An attorney intent on climbing the career ladder toward success, finds an unlikely opponent in a manipulative criminal he is trying to prosecute.

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Gregory Hoblit

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Hopkins ... Ted Crawford
Ryan Gosling ... Willy Beachum
David Strathairn ... DA Joe Lobruto
Rosamund Pike ... Nikki Gardner
Embeth Davidtz ... Jennifer Crawford
Billy Burke ... Lt. Rob Nunally
Cliff Curtis ... Detective Flores
Fiona Shaw ... Judge Robinson
Bob Gunton ... Judge Gardner
Josh Stamberg ... Norman Foster
Xander Berkeley ... Judge Moran
Zoe Kazan ... Mona
Judith Scott ... Resident
Gary Carlos Cervantes ... Ciro (as Carlos Cervantes)
Petrea Burchard ... Dr. Marion Kang
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Storyline

Wealthy, brilliant, and meticulous Ted Crawford, a structural engineer in Los Angeles, shoots his wife Jennifer and entraps her lover, Lieutenant Robert "Rob" Nunally. He signs a confession. At the arraignment, he asserts his rights to represent himself and asks the court to move immediately to trial. The prosecutor is Willy Beachum, a hotshot who's soon to join a fancy civil-law firm, told by everyone it's an open and shut case. Crawford sees Beachum's weakness, the hairline fracture of his character: Willy's a winner. The engineer sets in motion a clockwork crime with all of the objects moving in ways he predicts. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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If you look close enough, you'll find everyone has a weak spot. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Rated R for language and some violent content | See all certifications »

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USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,180,000, 22 April 2007

Gross USA:

$39,015,018

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$91,354,215
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Cliff Curtis (Detective Flores) appeared in another movie called Fracture (2004), produced in his native New Zealand. Just like in this movie, he plays a Detective. See more »

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The problem with this film is the fact that there is no delay time between the shooting and the beginning of the trial. Even though Crawford asks for his right to a speedy trial, this would not allow a proper investigation to take place, search for any pertinent witnesses, and, above all, allow the courts to schedule a free courtroom, judge, etc. to hear the case. Asking for a speedy trial still means that holding the trial has to accommodate the courts and court personnel and would mean delays of up to a couple of months. It's highly unlikely that scheduled court business would be pushed aside to accommodate Crawford's request. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Crawford's Secretary: The NTSB guys are here about that bulkhead problem.
Ted Crawford: OK, thanks.
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Playing Games With The System
9 December 2007 | by LechuguillaSee all my reviews

Very elaborate and detailed production design contributes a sense of authenticity to this story, set in Los Angeles, about a highly intelligent and wealthy older man named Ted Crawford (Anthony Hopkins) who kills his unfaithful wife. He then dares the criminal justice system, in the person of assistant district attorney Willy Beachum (Ryan Gosling), to convict him. That Crawford likes playing games with the system quickly becomes apparent, and is the force that propels the plot forward.

The story has some believability issues. I question how Crawford can know all that he knows, with such certainty. There are also some problems toward the film's end that involve hospital protocol. And the overall plot progression depends on various contrivances that include, but are not limited to, police procedures. The entire concept borders on implausibility. But, if you don't pay too much attention to these annoying little details, the plot does roll merrily along with some good drama and suspense.

Anthony Hopkins is well cast as Crawford, and gives a predictably adroit performance. I would not have cast Ryan Gosling, with his boyish looks, as an assistant DA. Nevertheless, Gosling's performance is both lively and credible. And it's the back and forth verbal sparring between these two that make "Fracture" so entertaining.

The film's color cinematography is very good, and includes some unusual camera angles. I also liked the use of a wide-angle lens in the courtroom scenes. And sound effects, so often ignored in many films, further add to the realism of the settings.

Dialogue is generally effective, and includes some witty lines. When Willy's boss talks with him about being taken off the case, Willy responds: "Even if I find new evidence?" To which his boss retorts: "From where, the evidence store?"

Despite a seriously flawed script, "Fracture" is a highly absorbing movie, thanks largely to meticulous production values, and to shrewd performances from Anthony Hopkins and Ryan Gosling.


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